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‘The Walking Dead’ finishes fall run with 6.6 million viewers

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The final fall episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, with its sad and somewhat surprising ending, drew a solid 6.6 million viewers, the most since the season debut of 7.3 million.

The horror/drama, which was shot primarily on the southside of metro Atlanta for season two, has averaged more than 6 million viewers on Sunday nights, by far the most for any AMC show and the best of any scripted cable show this fall.

Critics have griped at times that the show hasn’t moved quickly enough, doesn’t involve enough zombies and hasn’t fully developed all its major characters. The Atlantic also says scenes are repeated too often, the writers should fill in blanks by using more flashbacks and give lead guy Rick Grimes more to do.

Fans have appreciated the more leisurely second season pace and the moral ambiguities of Shane, who has become the most interesting character so far with his mercenary/realist philosophy. His need to survive by shooting Otis to save Carl was the type of tough choices that makes the show interesting.

Hershel Greene’s farm has been home to the survivors since the second episode. How much longer after the shoot-out at the zombie corral at the end of episode seven is very much in question. The actor Scott Wilson who plays Hershel was still involved in the show episode 10 when I interviewed him a few weeks ago so my sense is they aren’t leaving immediately.

Hershel wanted to believe the zombies were merely “sick” and not mindless predators with no more real brain power going on besides killing humans.  Once Shane knew he was keeping them in that barn, he brought the guns and the survivors dust the zombies one by one, ending with Rick shooting Sophia, the missing child. She had been bitten and rounded up by Otis before the Grimes & Co. had even arrived.

Part two of season two begins in February. And season three is already guaranteed.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Lovey

November 29th, 2011
2:46 pm

Love show pick up the pace

GAtors

November 29th, 2011
3:00 pm

Agreed Lovey. Great show, but it is evolving very slowly. And why such a long layover until February, how will I get my Sunday night fix?

Chris Heiden

November 29th, 2011
3:32 pm

Great start and finish. The middle was a little slow.

SOPHIA!!

1974

November 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

Pace is a little slow; however, show gives you things to think about. Scott Wilson is great.

KimZ'sPackage

November 29th, 2011
4:31 pm

Glad show is doing well because it is filmed here in GA, but I think it sucks. That is just my opinion.

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nypeach

November 29th, 2011
4:40 pm

Love this show! I was getting impatient with the Sophia search, but it all paid off in the end. I wish they would leave the farm sooner rather than later. The show is more exciting when the survivors are on the run.

wtf

November 29th, 2011
4:45 pm

Um, spoiler alert.

BL Jones

November 29th, 2011
4:51 pm

I think Walking Dead is the best weekly series on TV right now. Sure beats the walking dead on the X-Factor.

Gary

November 29th, 2011
4:51 pm

Great show. Unfortunately I think a lot of people are missing the plot. The show is not about zombies. It is about human interaction and decision making in horrible situations. It is about the break down of human nature in these situations. The show is not about people running from zombies. You call it slow and say it needs to pick up the pace? It is called character developement. The show is a on a perfect pace for a five season run. You can only run so much.

KenneMa

November 29th, 2011
4:52 pm

Agree with everyone above…the pace has been way to slow and the search for Sophia dragged on way to long. My husband and I love the show, but we are tired of the farm – enough doesn’t happen. After an action packed Season 1, this season is taking some getting used to. Amen about Shane – he has exploded into a great character in the past few episodes.

One suggestion for the writers, I would love some type of time tracking. For example, how long was Sophia gone? It seemed like 3-5 days, yet in the finale Carl was almost 100% which I don’t think is realistic with as bad as shape as he was in, plus they still have Rick looking pasty and white like he is still recovering from the blood transfusions.

George P. Burdell

November 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

I think this is one of the best shows on TV currently and the mid-season finale definitely paid off. It can be slow developing at times, but I think it would stale pretty quickly if it was just constantly running around shooting zombies. This last episode was so much better than the end of Season 1 when they blew up the CDC and I am definitlely more interested in seeing where things head. It was tough to have to see them end the Sophia character but I think we are in for even tougher losses as we move forward.

Ms. KP

November 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

I love watching Irone E Singleton in this movie he was just as good as he was in Blind Side.

My Man Shane

November 29th, 2011
4:59 pm

Men, don’t leave your wives around Shane because he won’t hesitate for moment.
(2 and counting). Great show.

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[...] The final fall episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, with its sad and somewhat surprising ending, drew a solid 6.6 million viewers, the most since the season debut of 7.3 million. The horror/drama, which was shot primarily on the southside of metro Atlanta for season two, has averaged more than 6 million viewers on Sunday nights, by far the most for any AMC show and the best of any scripted cable show this fall. Critics have griped at times that the show hasn’t moved quickly enough, doesn’t involve enough zombies and hasn’t fully developed all its major characters. The Atlantic also says scenes are repeated too often, the writers should fill in blanks by using more flashbacks and give lead guy Rick Grimes more to do. Fans have appreciated the more leisurely second season pace and the moral ambiguities of Shane, who has become the most interesting character so far with his mercenary/realist philosophy. His need to survive by shooting Otis to save Carl was the type of tough choices that makes the show interesting. Hershel Greene’s farm has been home to the survivors since the second episode. How much longer after the shoot-out at the zombie corral at the end of episode seven is very much in question. The actor Scott Wilson who plays Hershel was still involved in the show episode 10 when I interviewed him a few weeks ago so my sense is they aren’t leaving immediately. Hershel wanted to believe the zombies were merely “sick” and not mindless predators with no more real brain power going on besides killing humans. Once Shane knew he was keeping them in that barn, he brought the guns and the survivors dust the zombies one by one, ending with Rick shooting Sophia, the missing child. She had been bitten and rounded up by Otis before the Grimes & Co. had even arrived. Part two of season two begins in February. And season three is already guaranteed. ‘The Walking Dead’ finishes fall run with 6.6 million viewers | Radio & TV Talk [...]

WDFan

November 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

I still want to know how Otis managed to get the walkers inside the barn without getting attacked or at least bitten.

Janice

November 29th, 2011
5:50 pm

Reading the comments on The Walking Dead, I am astounded at the impatient stupidity of so many people In this 5 second sound bite world, have you all forgotten what it is to just relax and enjoy something so brilliantly done?

Tom

November 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

AMC ruined this series by cutting out the series creator after the first season, cutting the budget of the show, and demanding twice as many episodes. It has lost much of what made the first season good. The pace is absolutely horrible and it’s obvious they are filling time to save money and drag plots out. Aside from Daryl, I don’t care at all about the characters and am wishing a majority of them would die soon. The actions of the characters show that they are retarded as well. Fishing out a zombie from a well by hanging a person down it, so they can drink the water? Meanwhile they found a whole truck filled with clean water up the road. The writing is completely sloppy. This example along with others make no sense and make the characters out to be completely stupid. The search for Sofia was drawn out way too much. Everything that happened in episodes 2-5 could have been condensed down to one episode, and was likely the case before the budget got cut and they had to drag it out.

Hopefully the writers, producers, and AMC take note of the criticism the show has received and when it comes back in February it is better. If it doesn’t get any better and the pace of the show isn’t sped up, I’m done with it and think it will be around for one more season before being cancelled. There is no way in hell I would pay money for the DVD/Blu-ray of the episodes so far in Season 2.

truthpaste

November 29th, 2011
6:01 pm

Anything is better than reality shows. I wish they wouldn’t play games with the seasons. Breaking Bad and TWD are the only things I watch on AMC. I haven’t tuned into Mas Men.

jackson

November 29th, 2011
6:45 pm

omg i love it sooooooooooooo much i cant stand it. but y does it have to come back on i n feb i want it now.

Chandra

November 29th, 2011
7:24 pm

No offense and Shane is a very interesting, if morally ambiguous character…..however you are high off your azz if you think he’s grabbed more interest from the viewing audience than Daryl.

emmaline

November 29th, 2011
7:41 pm

I love this show, it’s so brilliant. I especially thought the “Sophia turning into a zombie” part was clever. At first, all the viewers thought Hershel was an idiot for wanting to keep his zombie family members in the barn and wondering why he didn’t just shoot them, but as soon as Sophia walked out, I immediately hoped that she wouldn’t be killed and put back into the barn. Very clever of the writers’ to change the the viewer’s opinion like that.

Kyla

November 29th, 2011
7:46 pm

Love the show! Great quality and story. I know some think the pace is slow, but you gotta remember it is realistic. I love where it’s going, I never had the thought that Rick needs “more to do” I guess I agree with it. And the flashbacks are awesome and we do crave more. I did have a sense that the budget was cut, the show had better quality in zombie “costumes” in the first season.

Rodney Ho

November 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

@Chandra. Yes, Daryl is a great character, too. Wish we’d actually see more of him…

Janet

November 29th, 2011
8:41 pm

Love the show.Can’t wait for more.Watched a lot of zombie movies,never nothing as good as this.the actors are so great.they hold my interest.Each in a different way.I’m glued to the set.You never know what surprise is coming next.Hope they speed it up a little.

Sam

November 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

After reading all these posts – I’m agreeing with Gary above (posted at 4:51pm). It’s not just about shooting walkers, and you can only run so much, and character development is what took place over the ’slow’ spell. There are some inconsistencies with the timing of things at the farm, and Karl’s recovery is hovering around unreal- but overall -
having to wait til feb. to get back to it will be worth it -
6.6 million people (ref. from above) is enough audience to deliver more effects, or faster pace, but still, it’s just good- I’m glad I’ve watched it – sometimes struggle in slow motion is even worse-
amazing midseason end-
thanks to the talent –
I’m a big fan of the walker lasso sticks. .. . and I’m guessing the whole round of gunfire ending would bring many more walkers to satisfy or pacify the impatient -. . . it better. . . .
I’m a bit pissed that I will have to wait til Feb. -

Russell

November 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

This is my favorite show on TV! THIS SHOW ROCKS!!!
Time to give it some EMMY AWARDS!!!!!!!!!

Janet

November 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

I haven’t enjoyed a show this much in a long time-I love it. As they get more into the characters development….future episodes will have more impact as you get a behind glimpse of what they had been thru. So future developments will have more meaning…like maybe you were getting tired of the Sophia drama but in the end her being in the barn and turned into a Walker made you feel the story more. IMHO. Oh and I love Daryl by the way.

Jack

November 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

I’m a product of the 60s when there was good cutting edge science fiction (Star Trek, Outer Limits, 2001 Space Odysesy, etc.). Then, it certainly ramped up in the 90s with the X-Files and Millenium. So, when the Walking Dead showed up, I was excited because the trailers led me to believe that we had some educated science involved and the show wouldn’t be about a bunch of teenagers on spring break running from zombies. The show started out that way with good innovative survival techniques….then, came season 2. Although I still watch, I’m somewhat disappointed. Here’s some thoughts:

1.) If Rick is our Captain Kirk and the voice of reason, then he’s been too much of a titty-baby. If you’re the deputy sherriff of “Your People”…then, act like it !

2.) If finding a victorian two-story farmhouse seems to work, then, why not comb the rural area of Georgia and find your own real estate? Give me a pickup truck with Daryl riding shotgun and we’ll find one by sundown.

3.) It would have been helpful if Rick would have given Herschel a complete briefing on their visit with the CDC Medical PhD. Do you think that might have been some vital info that the vet doctor might have needed to know?

4.) Why make the multiple trips to the town drugstore? Why not get the posse together and completely bring back every pharmacy item in one shopping trip?

5.) Let’s say they would have been successful at dragging the fat zombie out of the well…Honestly, is anybody going to drink that water?

6.) The acting: Will someone please tell the Shane actor NOT to over-act. He acts like he just came out of the drama class at the local community college.

7.) And finally, wouldn’t it be great if the show had writers who posessed the ability of those writers on Lost or any of the CSIs ?

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Dan Lappen

November 29th, 2011
11:00 pm

All very good comments. Illustrates how one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Regarding the pace of the show vs. character development, a good writing staff could do both. One school of thought is that people display their character more by what they do than what they say. Far too much of X talks to Y who then talks to Z who then talks to … Thank goodness for DVR!!! More zombie action, thank you very much! The whole ’stuck on the farm’ business is just tight budgeting. C’mon AMC, you’ve got a tiger by the tail. Let’s not blow this thing. :)

raul

November 29th, 2011
11:07 pm

Daryl is the most interesting character. Not obvious, but full of common sense, survival instinct,kind[in his own way]very real. Let’s see what happens with him!!

mike garrens

November 29th, 2011
11:14 pm

I’m a fan keep on walking I love it.

eric274

November 29th, 2011
11:26 pm

Sophia, sweetheart I’m sorry i never would have guess’d.

Bonnie

November 29th, 2011
11:36 pm

After that ending, I am done. Good-bye!

Tj

November 29th, 2011
11:53 pm

Awesome but tragic ending. You could identify and emphasize with Hershel. Can’t wait to find out loris baby daddy!

Dianne

November 30th, 2011
12:04 am

LOVE THIS SHOW! At times it seemed slow paced, but that gave us time to get to know the characters more. It would get boring real quick if it showed them hunting and finding zombies all the time. This way, it gives you something to look forward to. Can’t wait till Feb.

Kat

November 30th, 2011
12:10 am

@Bonnie: I suppose you would have preferred an ending with Lori going into the bathroom and finding Rick in the shower? It was all a dream…? Idiot!

Rodeo-chick79

November 30th, 2011
12:28 am

i love the show! an alot of other american series..the1st season was brill,gutted that it was only 6 epps,buzzin 2 learn that there would be a season 2,now 7 epps in an nearly a 3month break??? for last 6 epps! its a complete tease!! love american tv shows but cummon,,2 weeks off here,mid season break there,very very frustrating 4 the veiwers! causes ppl 2lose intrest cos by the time it returns u can’t remember all plots! its 1 thing 2 be a lil slow paced an learn about these characters we now are relating 2..by the time the show re-airs i will of 4got their background stories an y we liked em in 1st place..! :@ grrrrrr yep still fuming lol

wv. hillbilly chick

November 30th, 2011
1:20 am

I loved star trek,millinium, and the x files and never thought any series could even come close to these power houses, but this WALKING DEAD has done it for me. this is the absolute best series to come along in years, i only hope they don’t blow it with waiting too long for new episodes, and so many people in the rural areas like me, identify with DARYL, his survival instincts, and being brought up the hard way like most of us, makes him seem perfect for this role,just like a trusted family member you can depend on , i must say if i had him with me i could face just about any thing life throws out,but if they kill off his character,i just may quit the show

truthpaste

November 30th, 2011
2:04 am

@Kat ZING! You have me crying right now.

Sam I. Am

November 30th, 2011
3:52 am

Great show, I am looking forward to what happens next. Whether you call is “slow” or whatever, I think it’s progressing nicely. We’ll see what happens on the farm, and don’t forget, I think Merle is still out there somewhere, and not just in an hallucination!

sparcs

November 30th, 2011
5:09 am

soooooooooooooooo in love wit this show…. idgaf wat the critics say, keep up the good work guys.

mike garrens

November 30th, 2011
5:20 am

Bonnie, u have a time out now til Feb 12th when season 2 continues, if you’ve watched up til now u can take anything. KEEP WATCHING.

Marco

November 30th, 2011
7:05 am

I still can’t get over. The midseason finale of The Walking Dead is kinda sad and surprising… After a long and impatient waiting Sophia returns as one of the walker… poor girl she end up with a shot on her brain.

Rob

November 30th, 2011
7:27 am

They totally blew this, after having read the graphic novels i agree some change is needed but killing off a character that has outlived more the 3/4 of the rest of the group in the books is just wrong.. Amc blew it with this season ender I only hope fx doesnt do the same thing with Sons of Anarachy. Huge dissapointment

andredavisteachesonline.com

November 30th, 2011
11:35 am

I’m liking the show for the story development. I love the comic, so it’s great to see the different paths taken with the same concept, especially with Robert Kirkman’s involvement.

Lady

November 30th, 2011
1:00 pm

Agree with Gary and Janice.

Love the show and the character development. My boyfriend was annoyed by the Sophia search, but he is a very impatient man. The first season was different because Rick was searching desperately for his family and they were all searching for some reprieve–some hope. They have come upon this farm which considering what has happened/is happening, is a utopia.

I loved Shane in the last episode too. Forced realism.

tjhook

November 30th, 2011
1:53 pm

I’m still wondering if zombies replay the last thought on their mind once they cross over. The marriage scene got my attention because how would the walkers have enough discipline to be at the church if they had been bit.? Looking to see if that was a one-time occurance or a zombie trait. I remember the wife in the first episode of Season One doing the same thing when she kept trying to open the door to her home.

The Walking Bachelor

November 30th, 2011
2:32 pm

Marriage Scene?

I’ve seen every episode, and I don’t recall a “marriage scene” following the outbreak.

Are you referring to the scene where Rick kicked open the doors of the church where people had obviously gone to pray and/or repent when they were overcome with the fever and realized their ends were near?

Yohan Melek

November 30th, 2011
5:31 pm

This is the best series Ever!…Its perfect… It can be slow sometime but that is something that could happen in a series like this (WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT 24 WITH kiefer sutherland – we dont need to be in a rush). That is to set the throttle down so the important scenes can be more impressive. I don’t take anything out from this, for me is perfect.